Every pastor at some time or another has asked this question: what stops a church from growing?
Whether the church is 25, 525 or 2025, pastors ask this question.
Whether the church is a brand new plant, 15 years old or into its 5th generation of members, pastors ask this question.
Whether the church is in a remote regional town, a bustling thriving city or a small village in a developing country, pastors ask this question.
Whether the church is staff led, elder led or congregationally governed, pastors ask this question.
Regardless of their ethnicity, age, culture or experience pastors will invariably compare their church and its growth (or lack thereof) with another church in town and ask, why doesn’t my church grow like that church?
Now, my focus in church leadership, consulting and coaching is never church growth.
It’s church health.
So for me, why doesn’t my church grow, is the wrong question.
Church growth is an outcome rather than an objective.
However, given the fact that pastors ask this question let me try to answer it by considering what factors limit church growth.
What Stops A Church From Growing?
If you are in a regional town that is experiencing an economic downturn or declining in numbers then it is going to be hard to grow your church. In contrast, if you are in an area that is experiencing a boom in population growth then you’re more likely to grow your church. In my mind location is a key factor.[Read more…]